0:00: This series is going to take at least six games as the Canadiens are victorious, 3-2, in Game 4. It's now 2-2 heading into Game 5 at Mellon Arena on Saturday night. Game time is set for 7 p.m.
Fleury is off.
The Penguins have a faceoff to the left of Fleury as they will need to clear the zone and get a sixth attacker on.
Halak stones Malkin as the Penguins center entered on a breakaway after taking a deft pass ahead from Crosby.
Malkin and Crosby are together again as the Penguins try for that tying goal.
Halak snarls a wrist shot from the center point by Gonchar out of the air as Letestu and Staal earn some momentum with the Penguins with their play down low.
The action is up and down the ice much like the first two periods after the Canadiens dominated the early portion of this frame.
Pittsburgh falls to 1-for-4 on the man-advantage as the Darche penalty is killed off.
I don't know what happened but somebody in red stopped Crosby's rebound from the side of the cage when it looked like the Penguins were going to tie the score.
Pittsburgh heads to their fourth power play as Mathieu Darche takes a tripping penalty in the offensive zone.
Gionta steps out on the ice and the Penguins cannot take advantage of the power play.
The Penguins start a 1:06 minutes power play.
Montreal loses the remainder of its man-advantage as Gionta is given a boarding penalty for drilling Orpik against the boards from behind.
Things keep getting worse as Cooke is given a tripping penalty. The Penguins have to kill this penalty.
Brian Gionta's centering pass goes off Kris Letang
standing in front of Fleury and gets into the net to give the Canadiens a lead. Canadiens 3, Penguins 2.
Montreal comes out flying as Fleury had to make a pad save on a drive by Cammalleri from the high slot off the rush.
Maxim Lapierre knots the score by picking up a loose puck behind the cage and wrapping a shot inside the near post before Fleury could come across his net. Penguins 2, Canadiens 2.
Pittsburgh is 20 minutes from tying a franchise record for consecutive road wins with six.
SECOND PERIOD NOTES:
- Faceoffs are all even at nine apiece.
- Matt Cooke
and Sidney Crosby
are leading the way with four shots.
- Sergei Gonchar has logged a team-high 14:51 minutes of ice time.
The Penguins are now 20 minutes away from taking their second 3-1 series lead of the Stanley Cup playoffs. They lead the Canadiens, 2-1, here in Game 4.
The action has slowed a bit as the minutes tick down in the second period. The Penguins continue to play a perfect road game.
How about Johan Franzen tonight?!?! He scored four goals in the first period tonight, tying Mario Lemieux's NHL record for goals in a period. Unreal!
Bylsma can smell blood ... He has Malkin and Crosby together with Dupuis. They just created three great scoring chances on that shift alone.
Just before the Penguins kill off the penalty to Malkin, Crosby sets up Talbot in the left cirlce with a good feed but Halak was there to get a left arm on that shot as Talbot looked for his second goal.
Malkin gets called for a weak goaltender interference penalty.
Talbot's shot went off the right pad of Halak and the reboud just eluded Malkin as the Penguins continue to pepper the Montreal goaltender.
Versus has been luck to get their TV timeouts in because the action has been up and down the ice all night long. This is some good hockey.
Now it's Fleury's turn to shine as he stays with a shot by Mike Cammalleri through a screen.
Huge save by Halak on Letestu's drive from the slot just as the Gill penalty expired.
The Penguins start the second period on the power play with Gill back in the box again.
FIRST PERIOD NOTES:
- Ruslan Fedotenko blocked two shots for the Penguins.
- Sidney Crosby
and Matt Cooke
each had three shots.
- Jordan Staal
logged 3:26 minutes of ice time in his return.
The first period comes to a close with the Penguins holding a 2-1 lead. Pittsburgh outshots Montreal 15-6.
Another great scoring chance for the Penguins as Kennedy is robbed by Halak on a rebound down low.
The Penguins turn the puck over to Scott Gomez in the right circle but Fleury bails them out with a pad save.
Oh wow!! Kunitz just laid into Benoit Pouliot at the Pittsburgh blue line, crunching him with an open-ice hit.
Wow are the Penguins dominating zone time! Adams just re-directed an Alex Goligoski shot inches from making it 3-1 Penguins.
Malkin looks to have his A-game tonight. Halak just make a save with his chest protector on a backhander from the Penguins center.
Crosby takes a pass and gets behind the defense but his shot is barely stopped by the left toe of Halak.
Staal picks up his first shot of the game on a long-range wrist shot from the center point. The crowd at the Tribtron loved that!
What a statement!! Sidney Crosby
sends a pass in the slot to Chris Kunitz
and the puck goes off his skate and slides past Halak to give the Penguins their sixth power-play tally of the series and 13th of the postseason. They reviewed the goal in Toronto but it was allowed to stand. Penguins 2, Canadiens 1.
Hal Gill hooks Pascal Dupuis
as he had a step on the defender, putting the Penguins on the man-advantage.
That lead didn't last long as Talbot catches up to a loose puck at center, walks in alone on Jaroslav Halak and slides a backhander into the cage. Penguins 1, Canadiens 1.
Montreal strikes first blood as Tom Pyatt sneaks a shot from the left circle near the boards through Marc-Andre Fleury
on the rush. Canadiens 1, Penguins 0.
The Penguins start with the Evgeni Malkin
unit with Ruslan Fedotenko and Maxime Talbot.
The scratches for Pittsburgh include: Deryk Engelland
, Ben Lovejoy
, Bill Guerin, Dustin Jeffrey
, Mike Rupp, Chris Conner, Steve Wagner, Tim Wallace, Eric Godard, Nick Johnson, Eric Tangradi
, Jay McKee, Brad Thiessen
and John Curry. Montreal notable scratches include Andrei Markov and Jaroslav Spacek.
Here is the lineup the Penguins will be using tonight:
The Penguins can put a stranglehold on their Eastern Conference semifinals series with the Montreal Canadiens by winning Game 4 tonight, but that's not the biggest story to come from the Bell Centre. Jordan Staal
, who has been sidelined since Game 1 after undergoing a procedure to repair a lacerated tendon, will make his return here in Game 4. Staal practiced with his teammates for the second straight day as Thursday's morning skate.
Author: Jason Seidling